9 Ways To Prevent Having An ADHD Emotional Breakdown
Going from 0 to 100 “real quick” isn’t just a catchy Drake lyric. For people living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), regulating emotions can be a struggle, with many experiencing quick outbursts of frustration and anger. According to one study, more than half of people with ADHD have trouble managing their emotions.
Not only are emotions felt more intensely (i.e., a sad scene in a movie may bring on feelings of depression), they may have a hard time censoring their emotions and can take longer to relax after feeling heavy emotions.
“What might take an hour for a non-ADHD-er to calm down from, could take someone with ADHD the whole day. Part of this is due to difficulty refocusing attention away from the strong emotion,” says Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
If any of this sounds familiar to you or someone you know with ADHD, here are 10 tips to help manage your emotions.